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MAHDAH U.R.F. MUSIC SHOWCASE WATERING THE FIELDS OF HUMANITY

Onika Best Queen of the Drum, Founder of the MahDah Urf Co

An unprecedented call has been made for global concerted action to confront the global climate emergency and other challenges affecting our interconnected human family. More than ever before, humanity needs to "just stop" - and take responsibility for its self-destructive tendencies. We must work together with practical, community-centered, integrated sustainable design projects and the sustained financing of good things. That process begins with improved understanding of each other and deeper communication through the gifts of music, art, dance, ideas and self-expression.

We are pleased to introduce the "just stop generation" of fine and diverse artists, from all over the world. We are rallying around a clear cause of Global Cooperation and the universal message that "We Are Mother Earth". All have contributed in good faith to the cause and message by Professor Elizabeth Greenwell that we are "watering the fields of humanity". In so doing, they have demonstrated that music does not just build community - Music Is Community.

BREAKING NEWS!

GREATER UNITY PANDEMIC

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We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to embrace the "Greater Unity Pandemic" that is emerging on the fringes of the COVID-19 healthcare crisis. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. Accordingly, the Greater Unity Pandemic is the social media response that overshadows the mass media focus on fear, panic and death. Humanity has been obliged to shelter in place and acquire new survival skills based on ubuntu love, remote learning and virtual collaboration. Long may the Greater Unity Pandemic continue!

THREE STEPS TO THE BRAND NEW BEGINNING

1. TREES OF PEACE & RECONCILIATION

In honor and recognition of ALL VICTIMS of man-made catastrophes - including famine, warfare, poverty and disease we are holding candlelight vigils of forgiveness at Trees of Peace and Reconciliation in auspicious locations throughout the world. The reconciliation framework has been accelerated by the The Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together between Pope Francis of the Catholic Church and Sheikh Ahmed el-Tayeb, Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, on 4 February 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Document has been embraced by Bishop Wes Spiewick of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Hamilton, Bermuda together with Emir Saleem Talbot of the Bermuda Islamic Cultural Center. Together, they are using the reconciliation process to help their global constituents to teach children about respect, peace, interfaith harmony, acceptance, good citizenship, cooperation, reconciliation, resilience, humanitarian action and entrepreneurship, protection of Mother Earth, and the implementation and achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level (i.e. “glocalization” of the SDGs) through collaborative humanitarian entrepreneurial actions in support of social equality and prosperity for all, leaving no one behind.

The Tree Planting ceremonies also bring attention to:

  • The new Bermuda/Oman/New Zealand trilateral arrangement for Interfaith Peace and Reconciliation
  • Glocalization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • The global Goodwill Ambassador network for Glocalizing the Sustainable Development Goals
  • The Drawdown Education and Training initiatives for implementing (g)local solutions for Reversing Global Warming (Climate Change)
  • The Collaborative Tree Planting (CTP) Program initiative and proposals
  • The Trillion Trees campaign; and
  • Any other glocal initiatives to achieve Peace, Prosperity and global Goodwill among all of the people of Earth (including all Faiths and Cultures).
Gladwyn Simmons [United Cultural Committee], Joanne Wohlmuth [Roman Catholic Diocese of Hamilton’s Peace and Social Justice Ministry], Glenn Fubler [Vision 2020], Vicki Abraham [Patients 1st], Thad Hollis [Ordained Cherokee Minister], Rt Revd Nick Dill [Bishop of Bermuda], Emir Saleem Talbot [Bermuda Islamic Cultural Center], Dr Fiona Elkinson [Jewish Community of Bermuda], Sterlin Smith [Silver City Trust], Corin Smith [SuperJubilee400], Charles Daniels [Emmanuel Baptist Church]

2. THE SPARK 4 HUMANITY

We are creating new forms of wealth through the SpARK 4 Humanity - an educational incubation curriculum that focuses on the harvesting of naturally abundant resources of "earth, wind, water, and fire".

The SpARK 4 Humanity curriculum is distributed globally through a proprietary network of Rootical Villages connected by a mutually beneficial appreciation of the sacred architectural solarium that we call the Bermuda SpARK.

The Bermuda SpARK is dedicated to the memorialization of the 400-year journey of forgiveness - commenced on August 1, 2019 - that is helping to redeem Western Civilization from the "original sin" of the Atlantic Slave Trade between Europe, Africa and the Americas. It is named in recognition of the significant role that the Bermuda Triangle region - between Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico - is now playing to heal the maritime wounds of the infamous Middle Passage, where millions of lives destined for slavery in the Americas were lost at sea.

Inspired by the Living Lab philosophy of renowned architect, Buckminster Fuller, the SpARK 4 Humanity curriculum is designed to rehabilitate the culture of plantation economics using space age solutions that enable natural abundance, bio-mimicry and zero-carbon engineering to achieve universal food security for all.

3. THE MUSIC PLAYLIST

We are pleased to introduce the "just stop generation" of fine and diverse artists, from all over the world. We are rallying around a clear cause of Global Cooperation and all those who have contributed in good faith to the cause and message by Professor Elizabeth Greenwell that we are "watering the fields of humanity". In so doing, they have demonstrated that music does not just build community - Music Is Community.

  1. I am MahDah Urf feat. Onika Best Queen of the Drum with Karen Jahren Bless Clarke-Thomas, Monique Sheba Thompson
  2. Beware by Yair "YaYa" Bailey
  3. Khushi Khushi (Hindi Christian Song) played on Sitar by Sanjeeb Sircar
  4. La Vie En Rose X La La Land by Yair "Yaya" Bailey
  5. Industrial Scene by Moody Roots
  6. One Love by Omar Esa
  7. Pata Pata by Coumba Gawlo
  8. And Here We Come by Sean T MacLeod
  9. Coumba Gawlo reçue à l'Assemblée Nationale de Cote d'Ivoire
  10. One Love by Yair "Yaya" Bailey

IN TRIBUTE TO

“Can we, all of us together, water the fields of humanity, and bring about a harvest so great that it will take the world to pick the fruit; a harvest that is civil society? I think we can.” - Professor Liz Greenwell, Founder, Global Cooperation Day (April 1994)
"The United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda for 2030 acknowledges, for the first time, the key role of culture, creativity and cultural diversity to solving sustainable development challenges, to advance economic growth and foster social inclusion" - Dr Irina Bokova, Former Director-General of UNESCO (2015)
"We were not allowed to play the congo drums and when the drum spoke, no one said that it could not" - El Verno Del Congo BCH, Master Drummer, Barbados

coming soon!

MAY 24 TRIBUTE TO MOTHER EARTH

With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

It's time for Unity in the Community, World Vibe - Fighting with Peace and Not For It

We salute the global influences that have made May 24, 2020 an essential part of our Brand New Beginning.

QUEEN VICTORIA

“Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfil my duty towards my country; I am very young and perhaps in many, though not in all things, inexperienced, but I am sure that very few have more real good will and more real desire to do what is fit and right than I have.” -- Queen Victoria

Victoria was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death On January 22, 1901. Afterwards, her birthday, 24 May, was celebrated from 24 May 1902 as Empire Day. It was instituted in the United Kingdom in 1905 by Lord Meath, and extended throughout the countries of the Commonwealth; Empire Day was a "symbol of that unity of feeling . . . to those ideals of freedom, justice, and tolerance for which the British Empire [stood] throughout the world". Following a 1973 proposal by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Commonwealth Secretariat selected the second Monday in March as the date on which Commonwealth Day is observed throughout all countries of the Commonwealth.

His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie

"Leadership does not mean domination. The world is always well supplied with people who wish to rule and dominate others. The true leader is a different sort; he seeks effective activity which has a truly beneficient purpose. He inspires others to follow in his wake, and holding aloft the torch of wisdom, leads the way for society to realize its genuinely great aspirations" -- Haile Selassie

Haile Selassie (born Lij Tafari Makonnen; 23 July 1892 – 27 August 1975) was Crown Prince and Regent of the Ethiopian Empire from 1916 to 1928, and then King and Regent from 1928 to 1930, and finally Emperor from 1930 to 1974. On May 25, 1963 the Organization for African Unity (OAU) was established with a permanent headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Haile Selassie, Emperor of Ethiopia, was selected as the first President of the OAU.

POPE FRANCIS

This is important: to get to know people, listen, expand the circle of ideas. The world is crisscrossed by roads that come closer together and move apart, but the important thing is that they lead towards the Good. -- Pope Francis

Pope Francis is the head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State. Francis is the first Jesuit pope, the first from the Americas, the first from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first pope from outside Europe since the Syrian Gregory III, who reigned in the 8th century. On May 24, 2015 he issued his second encyclical "Laudato si'" (English: Praise Be to You). The encyclical has the subtitle "on care for our common home". In it, the pope critiques consumerism and irresponsible development, laments environmental degradation and global warming, and calls all people of the world to take "swift and unified global action."

MELANIA TRUMP

If I am honored to serve as first lady, I will use that wonderful privilege to try to help people in our country who need it the most. One of the many causes dear to my heart is helping children and women. -- Melania Trump

Melania Trump is a Slovenian-American former fashion model and the current first lady of the United States, as the wife of the 45th president of the United States Donald Trump.When the president and first lady visited Vatican City on May 24, 2017, she identified as Catholic. She is the first Catholic to live in the White House since President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline and is the second Catholic first lady of the United States. On May 7, 2018, Trump formally started the "Be Best" public awareness campaign, which focused on well-being for youth and advocated against cyberbullying and drug use.

JACINDA ARDERN

There's probably a tendency to view power... to be either based on size or the size and power of your economy. I think New Zealand's strength has always been using our voice on the issues that matter, and we've been consistent on it. There is power in that. -- Jacinda Ardern

Jacinda Kate Laurell Ardern (born 26 July 1980) is a New Zealand politician serving as the 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand since 26 October 2017. In March 2019, she led the country through the aftermath of the Christchurch mosque shootings, and her government introduced strict gun laws in response. She was the world's youngest female head of government, having taken office at age 37. Ardern became the world's second elected head of government to give birth while in office (after Benazir Bhutto) when her daughter was born on 21 June 2018. For her global outreach, leadership skills, and the fact that New Zealand's global ratings of approval and importance are significantly improving under her premiership, Ardern has been widely described as the most powerful woman in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most powerful women in the world. New Zealand started its First Parliament on May 24, 1854 in honor of Queen Victoria's birthday.

MIA AMOR MOTTLEY

There is no profit sufficiently large to be worth the price of war or the destruction of our planet. The people of Barbados and I, as their leader, choose to honour the legacy of our great civilization. Our freedom fighters who fought for better. Barbados chooses to fight for the path of peace, prosperity, planetary protection and hope, Barbados chooses love of self, love of neighbour, love a planet, love as a virtue. Barbados chooses a spirit of love, courage and hope, brotherhood for all humanity. -- Mia Mottley

Mia Amor Mottley, QC, MP (born 1 October 1965) is the current Prime Minister of Barbados. Mottley is the eighth person to hold the office of Prime Minister and the first woman. In 2018, the Mottley-led BLP won an historic landslide victory in the 24 May general election, securing all 30 seats in the House—making them the first party to accomplish this feat—in addition to winning 72.8% of the popular vote, which is the highest share ever achieved by a party in a general election. She assumed office on May 25, 2018. On December 31, 2020 she took over the Chairmanship of the regional integration movement, CARICOM representing 15 member countries in the Caribbean. She is also working towards jointly hosting the first-ever African Union-CARICOM Summit within the next six months.

EID AL FITR

Eid is a day of unity. Hence, it is a day to give thanks and reaffirm faith in the Lord's favors and praise him. -- Imam Ali ar-Ridha

In chapter 2, verse 185, of the Holy Quran, the Almighty Lord states: "You shall complete the number [of days] and you may glorify God for his guiding you, and that you may be thankful." This verse refers to the completion of 29 or 30 days of fasting in the Islamic month of Ramadan and the celebratory day after, called Eid al Fitr.

This celebration and being thankful is not due to the month of fasting coming to an end, but rather, Muslims have had the great opportunity to partake in the month of forgiveness and to seek spiritual awakening and enlightenment.

Eid al Fitr literally means, "festival of breaking of the fast." This year, 2020, Muslims celebrate Eid either on May 23 or 24, depending on the sighting of the new moon.

CONTACT US

MahDah Urf is a Barbados Registered Business Name (#38854) officially published on July 25, 2008 as the cornerstone of an indigenous creole movement dedicated to fashion, food, music and permaculture.

CARICOM

Gitten’s Road, Government Hill, St Michael Barbados WI

THE AMERICAS

1820 W Florence Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90047, United States

Tel: (213) 274-3675 * Email: mahdahurfco@gmail.com